On the bright side, it's probably the only movie ever made to boast kickass tunes by the southern-rock triumvirate of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot.
| Original Score: 2/5
Straw Dogs does little more than rely on graphic violence as well as outdated stereotypes to keep the tension high.
The best that can be said about Straw Dogs is that it's watchable: and that's due to Alexander Skarsgard's stellar abs.
| Original Score: 2/10
In the history of remakes, this really isn't a bad one...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Comes off like its poster: a copycat that superficially looks the same but lacks in inspiration.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's nothing profound or mysterious about Straw Dogs. The performances are solid, but the movie is mostly forgettable.
| Original Score: 6/10
It doesn't even work as a thriller. And of course, like the 70s original, it just turns into an all-out blood bath at the end - which can't help but notch up the campiness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rod Lurie's film equals the original and surpasses it in many ways.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The hunting scenes and the brutal farm siege are solidly gripping, and Lurie doesn't shy away from David embracing his inner savage.
Lurie makes the same point as Peckinpah, namely that, when survival is threatened, even the most civilised types have a primal capacity for violence. But, 40 years on, the shock factor has gone.
This is one of those remakes that feels like the product of lazy thinking.
Peckinpah's most problematic film gets an intriguing, if flawed, update from film critic-turned-director Rod Lurie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ultimately Lurie's film isn't in the same class as Peckinpah's flawed classic, but it's a respectable, respectful and rather good film.
Still not for the fainthearted, the new Straw Dogs again has something to say about the kind of mob rule seen 80 years ago in Frankenstein (1931). And much of it is not at all pleasant.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rod Lurie's remake transposes the action from cloudy Cornwall to sticky Mississippi but keeps the meat of the story intact, along with the violence.
While there's no real reason for this retread of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 film, even Hollywood can't destroy such a decent story.
Lurie's film has nothing in its head beyond the desire to make money.
It isn't badly made, but what's the point of rebooting Straw Dogs, if the only object is to repackage it, and make it marginally less offensive?
Rod Lurie has adapted with intelligence...